A Good Decluttering

When I discovered Marie Kondo and her delightful book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, I had just had my second baby in seventeen months. We lived (and still do!) in an 75 m² (800 ft²) apartment which had been absolutely perfect for two people and all ofContinue reading “A Good Decluttering”

Darling Poppy: A Letter to My 20-Year-Old Self

A note from Lily: I am so excited to introduce you to my sister, Poppy Fields, seen here with the amazing, indomitable and indefatigable Jazz, writing her debut article for Lily Fields Challenge. Poppy has been working behind the scenes to get our Newsletter up and running, has an article forthcoming for the blog, willContinue reading “Darling Poppy: A Letter to My 20-Year-Old Self”

Are you still there, Lily?

To: Miss Lily FieldsWoods of the Lake, Northeastern Ohio From: Mme L.F. Indulgent-ScalawagsAlsace, France Dear Lily, I’m worried about you. Please just drop me a line to let me know you are all right. Love,Mme Indulgent-Scalawags Lily Responds To: Mme L.F. Indulgent-ScalawagsAlsace, France From: Miss Lily FieldsWoods by the Lake, Northeastern Ohio Dear Mme Indulgent-Scalawags,Continue reading “Are you still there, Lily?”

Listen to me, Lily

To: Mme L.F. Indulgent-ScalawagsAlsace, France From: Miss Lily FieldsWoods of the Lake, Northeastern Ohio Dear Mme Indulgent-Scalawags, You didn’t mention anything about my cute blond hair, and honestly, I’m almost offended. Well, I decided not to continue studying with that voice teacher. We had a few…differences of opinion, but you seemed to know that wouldContinue reading “Listen to me, Lily”

Dear Miss Fields

A whispered note to my reader: If it seems at times that I am laying it on a bit thick with Lily Fields, age 20, this is because I know how she thinks and I know that she first needs to feel important and admired before she will ever listen to anyone. She is muchContinue reading “Dear Miss Fields”

How I Met Their Father

It’s probably time I tell you how I met my indulgent husband, because a conversation he and I had twenty-four years ago is the inspiration for the topic I want to tackle this week. As I headed towards the end of high school in 1996, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to doContinue reading “How I Met Their Father”

Just blame me, okay?

This isn’t the direction I expected to take in my series about digging up the treasure in our backyards. What I wanted was to encourage you to start dreaming again, and recognizing the little sparks of divine creativity that are yours and have always been yours. I still have every intention to do this. However.Continue reading “Just blame me, okay?”

What’s in a name?

I want to double down on something I said yesterday: There is a place in this world for your brand of quirky. – Lily Fields, modern day wise woman You are special. You are unique. You bring something to the table that no one else does. No one in all human history ever possessed theContinue reading “What’s in a name?”

You should really stop shopping! Part Two: Why do you shop?

Please tell me I am not the only person who does this! I will be in the middle of something. Folding the laundry on the dining room table, for example, or putting away stray coats that ended up on the floor in the front hall, or working diligently on editing a novel, when suddenly, andContinue reading “You should really stop shopping! Part Two: Why do you shop?”

Am I more than my hair?

I wrote an article a few months ago called Stripping Down, in which I wrestled with the definition of minimalism. The essence was that what I sought to obtain from my foray into living smaller was to exist in such a way that my insides and my outsides matched. Self-examination has been a tremendously usefulContinue reading “Am I more than my hair?”